In terms of scarcity and with a print run of just 24 copies of each card, the 1999 Fleer Brilliants 24-Karat Gold set trails next to the 1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold set. The level of scarcity is coupled with and complemented by the stunning aesthetic appeal of both the vibrant design and illuminating refractor technology. In-hand, these are quite something. It’s difficult to explain exactly how attractive these are in person. While the scan is beautiful, it’s not a perfectly accurate representation. It’s close, but the in-hand encounter is just so much better.
The 24k Gold parallel is one of three parallels to the base set. It’s the hardest one to find and can take some player collector’s years to find their examples. This difficulty only increases with time. As years pass, more items end up in permanent collections to be hidden from sight forever. This is happening more and more each year, which makes collecting a certain player from the 1990s more difficult and costly. There may also be other people waiting for the opportunity to buy the same card and if you collect a player of any notable significance, things can get pretty hairy when the card does finally surface.
I was on a hiatus from collecting in 1999 so I missed this release entirely. It wasn’t until I re-entered in 2003 when I discovered 1999 Fleer Brilliants. This particular parallel set is one of my favorites from the 1990s. The intrigue of the design and the minimal print run keeps me plenty interested. While cost continues to be an issue with cards in this set, I pluck away when I can. I don’t expect to ever complete this set but that’s okay. Enjoying projects like this one is what makes collecting so entertaining.
Who’s one player you remember being popular in 1999?